Tag Archives: red

Another Manchester Monday morning

Monday 9th July 2018, 7.15am (day 2,510)

By Urbis, 9/7/18

Since the addition of a 6.32 train service from Hebden to Manchester in the mornings I have been braving the earlier start more often as it is a civilised train with leg room. Hence the recent run of 7:00 – 7:45 shots from the city centre. I like the trilogy of red/orange on this shot. The social implications, less so.

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Replacements

Monday 28th May 2018, 1.40pm (day 2,468)

O2 phones, 28/5/18

While you were all, I’m sure, having an exciting holiday weekend (should your country celebrate this time of year, which many seem to), I was in Halifax replacing my phone, as yesterday’s model was tossed casually into a vat of water towards the end of Sunday (OK, OK, it was the toilet). £51.99 + bus fare + about 20 minutes of my time, surprisingly quick replacement but then again that’s the system for you. Let’s put it behind me. Or under me. Whatever.

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Clare, cinema steps (red)

Sunday 18th March 2018, 9.50pm (day 2,397)

Clare, cinema, red, 18/3/18

The film we saw took ninety minutes out of my life that I’m never getting back, but at least the exit provided an opportunity for a picture that doesn’t depict more snow (though the weather does explain the yellow warning sign, because of course we need telling that winter may have made the steps wet). This aside, the red of the coat and of the old ticket booth in the background make a pleasing contrast.

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Red sky at night…

Friday 24th November 2017, 3.50pm (day 2,283)

Red sky, 24/11/17

…or at ten-to-four on a Friday afternoon, anyway. But not “shepherds’ delight” because an hour or so after this it started snowing. Unphotographed, but the first of the winter, round here.

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Granite City steps

Thursday 29th June 2017, 6.05pm (day 2,135)

Bridge Street steps, 29/6/17

Aberdeen is known as the Granite City and for good reason, as almost every building in the centre seems to be made of this mid-grey stone. It’s not unattractive, but on a day of foul weather like today was the effect can be to swamp you in grey. This picture was a matter of being in the right place at the right time, but yes, I could perhaps have been six inches to the right for perfect symmetry.

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Sat in row B

Sunday 11th June 2017, 4.55pm (day 2,117)

Cinema row B, 11/6/17

I can’t have been getting outside much lately, for this is the sixth consecutive interior shot, and usually exteriors easily outnumber them. This afternoon’s entertainment at the Picture House: Alien: The Latest Franchise (OK, maybe it’s not actually called that); not bad I suppose but these are starting to get like the Nightmare on Elm Street series, let’s just crank out the xenomorph goo again and not worry whether anyone notices the lack of plot or character. Passes the time on a Sunday afternoon I suppose.

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Skip in alley, Chinatown

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 3.20pm (day 2,085)

Chinatown alley, 10/5/17

Normally, litter bins of various kinds are the bane of photographic composition (along with cars, telegraph wires and lamp-posts). But just occasionally one flowers into attractiveness, as here, I hope. Another beautiful spring day with excellent light, I hope this lasts a while.

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Preparing pepper soup

Saturday 6th May 2017, 2.00pm (day 2,081)

Preparing peppers, 6/5/17

There’s a very well known photograph of a pepper by Edward Weston — here it is — but he was a guy who had the time and commitment to spend days photographing this one thing and invest it with mystical qualities. I was just making soup. This is why I’ll never be a pro photographer. But I still like peppers as objects, the way they’re not as soft as they initially look they might be (like tomatoes) and inside they have these weird landscapes of seed and flesh. And the soup was nice too.

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In my bedroom, evening

Monday 22nd August 2016, 6.45pm (day 1,824)

Bedroom smoke, 22/8/16

Spent part of the day in Manchester but there was little to be seen there. I prefer this enigmatic shot for today, which I feel not at all like explaining….

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Big scary door

Friday 12th August 2016, 1.25pm (day 1,814)

Big scary door, 12/8/16

Doubtless there is a parent just out of shot waiting to make the strategic grab if necessary, but at some point in the future these two will be going through their big scary doors all by themselves. Good luck to them. Pictured at Manchester Victoria station, as I ventured there purely for shopping purposes — the return to work can wait another 36 hours or so.

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